Real Colorado Earns Key Victory Against D.C. United to Vault into First Place in Group 2
In the 10th minute, it was D.C. who nearly got on the board as Paul Torres hit a screamer that Mate Aguirre did well just to tip over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball slipped to the far post for Chris Hegngi, who took a shot from close range that clanged off the near post
The teams battled hard throughout the first half, but were kept off the scoreboard due to some solid defending and tough midfield tackles. Real Colorado nearly got on the board in first half stoppage time as Alex Tarnoczi did well to turn with the ball and beat his defender at the top of the box before smacking the far post.
The game opened up though in the final 20 minutes, once Real Colorado took the lead. As D.C. looked for the equalizer, but their efforts came up short as Aguirre and his back line were able to stifle the all-out attack and hold onto the shutout and victory.
The win gives Real Colorado a share of the top place in Group 2 with PDA with four points one game to play. D.C. United is still in the hunt with one point, but will need a win against PDA and some help to take over the group.
Match: DC United vs. Real Colorado
Date: July 12, 2009
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Weather: 72 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
DCU 0 0 0
RCO 0 1 1
RCO – Levi Rossi (Kyle Venter) 72nd minute
DCU: 1- Abdul Hamid; 33-Julio Arjona (11-William Bioh, 83), 8-Shane Cooke (19-Chris Perez, 55), 22-Michael Funes (20-Michael Burgos, 75), 9-Chris Hegngi, 12-Kevin McBride, 24-Myles McGinley, 15-Andy Najar, 10-Paul Torres, 6-Ethan White, 3-Nicky Yin
Head Coach: Judah Cooks
RCO: 1-Mate Aguirre; 10-Taylor Kemp , 2-John Lacouture, 12-Kyle Venter, 5-Drew Beckie; 25- (11- , 65), 5- , 18-Connor Talbert , 9-Brent Ham (17-Anis Abdulgasem , 51); 3-Levi Rossi (22-Alex Gunberg , 88), 21-Alex Tarnoczi
Head Coach: Lorne Donaldson
Stats Summary: DCU / RCO
Shots: 11 / 12
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 5 / 5
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0
DCU – Shane Cook (caution) 5th minute
DCU – Nicky Yin (caution) 28
DCU – Chris Hegngi (caution) 58
DCU – Kevin McBride (caution) 75